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Journalists' Open Letter to Trump: Bring It On

Ban access? 'It's a challenge we relish'

(Newser) - If Donald Trump wants to limit reporters' access to his administration, well, that's OK with reporters. In an open letter to the president-elect in the Columbia Journalism Review , the collective press corps reminds Trump that while he can set ground rules for dealing with journalists, they've got a... More »

Beyonce 2020 Is Exactly What Democrats Need

Jeet Heer makes case for celebrity Democratic candidate

(Newser) - After Donald Trump's election victory, Michael Moore suggested Democrats should run a celebrity in 2020 . If they aren't already considering it, they should be, writes Jeet Heer at New Republic . Some argue that voters are actually turned off by celebrities, whose lectures can feel patronizing and whose bank... More »

Megyn Kelly Will 'Regret Her Move'

Precedent doesn't bode well for Fox News star's move from cable to broadcast

(Newser) - Megyn Kelly made a big announcement with her impending defection from Fox to NBC, where she'll host a daytime news show and anchor a Sunday evening news program, but not everyone thinks her career decision is wise—for her or the networks. Jack Shafer writes for Politico that Kelly... More »

2016 Is 'the Worst'? That's a First-World Problem

Seriously, was everything really that bad? Sam Sanders gives his take on NPR

(Newser) - With the bookends of David Bowie dying and the deaths of Carrie Fisher and mom Debbie Reynolds —and Prince, George Michael, Brexit, and a contentious US election in between—Sam Sanders admits he, like many others, has taken to calling 2016 "the worst." But Sanders writes for... More »

The Perfect Time to Have a Baby Is Right Now

Federalist writer says all the 'emotional breakdowns,' sleepless nights are worth it

(Newser) - If you've been putting off having kids because you're scared of what you see on parents' Facebook feeds, because you don't think you can swing it financially, or because [insert laundry list of excuses here], new mom Georgi Boorman is here to tell you that "you... More »

Michael Moore: Life Under Trump to Get a 'Lot Worse'

But he's got a 5-task to-do list for those who want to resist

(Newser) - It's been seven weeks since the election—or, as Michael Moore frames it in his latest Facebook post on Tuesday, "seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him." The filmmaker acknowledges that many may still be reeling from... More »

McCain on Syria: Obama Did 'Nothing to Stop It'

'We must acknowledge the United States' complicity in this tragedy'

(Newser) - Syria has finally reclaimed Aleppo from rebels after four years of war, and as we reflect on the bloodshed and remember the dead, Sen. John McCain says there's one other thing at hand: "We must acknowledge the United States' complicity in this tragedy." In a Washington Post ... More »

Next DNC Chair Should Be Jon Stewart

He's got wealth, celebrity of Trump, humor and thoughtfulness of ... himself: Donna Gentile O'Donnell

(Newser) - For the next head of the Democratic National Committee, Dem strategist Donna Gentile O'Donnell definitely doesn't want someone embroiled in daily shows of politics—she wants someone who used to head The Daily Show. Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer , O'Donnell presents her case for why Jon Stewart... More »

Defiant Woman to Would-Be Rapist: 'Your Eyes Were Black'

Sex assault survivor pens powerful letter to man she says 'looked straight into my soul'

(Newser) - "I write to you in order to put onto paper the gravity of what you did." This is the gist of the letter Sara Roebuck posted to Medium last week, although she doesn't know when her intended recipient will ever read it. It's meant for the... More »

Podesta: Fix the FBI, and Quickly

Clinton campaign chair calls out 'deeply broken' bureau in wake of Russia hacks

(Newser) - The chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has taken a long look at the Russian hacking scandal and the FBI's role in dealing with it, and his conclusion in a Washington Post opinion piece on Thursday: The FBI needs a serious overhaul. And what took the entire situation... More »

9/11 Firefighter: I Won't Cast Electoral Vote for Trump

'I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us': Texas GOPer Christopher Suprun

(Newser) - Consider him one of the faithless . Texas Republican Christopher Suprun, one of the 538 electors set to cast a ballot for the next president on Dec. 19, won't be voting for Donald Trump, and he explains his position in an opinion piece for the New York Times . He says... More »

Carter: Time for US to Recognize Palestine Is Now

America should grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine before Obama leaves WH: Jimmy Carter

(Newser) - Time is running out before the Oval Office changes hands, and in Jimmy Carter's mind, that leaves a limited window for one major thing on America's to-do list: helping Palestine receive UN membership by granting diplomatic recognition before President Obama leaves the White House. In his opinion piece... More »

Not So Fast on That 'Stolen Election' Report

Vox analysis thinks evidence is weak

(Newser) - A post at the Daily Intelligencer on Tuesday gave fresh hope to depressed Democrats who are hoping for some way, any way, to prevent a Donald Trump presidency. The article noted that a group of "prominent computer scientists and election lawyers" (including J. Alex Halderman, director of the University... More »

'Nuts' Mich. Rep Turned Out to Be Spot-On About Election

Debbie Dingell says she warned Dems that Clinton was ignoring key group

(Newser) - "That's Debbie, it's hyperbole, she is nuts." That's the vibe Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents her state's 12th Congressional District, says she received throughout Election 2016, when she tried to warn her fellow Democrats that no, Hillary Clinton was not on an... More »

Kaepernick Cripples His Own Message by Not Voting

Quarterback takes flak for skipping Election Day

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick blew it by not voting on Tuesday, writes Melissa Jacobs at Sports Illustrated . His take-a-knee protests of police brutality during the national anthem have been "gutsy" and "heroic," she writes, but his decision to skip Election Day is a "huge miss." The NFL... More »

Trump, Clinton Make Their Final Cases

They duke it out one last time in dueling op-eds

(Newser) - If elected, Hillary Clinton vows to "put forward the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II" while Donald Trump promises to repair a " rigged system in which political insiders can break the law without consequence," the candidates write in dueling op-eds at USA Today. They... More »

If You Hate Fast Food, Don't Stare Into the Crystal Ball

Indie restaurants don't stand much of a chance against global chains

(Newser) - An industry expert recently told Megan McArdle that fast-food chains are beginning their slow, inevitable decline—an opinion she dismantles for Bloomberg . McArdle acknowledges chains suffer from "added layers of bureaucracy" and sacrifice quality as they try to "wring out economies of scale," and that should give... More »

Think Trump Can't Win? Think Again

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver lays out the scenarios—and Trump's 'no longer really a long shot'

(Newser) - A national poll showed Donald Trump slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, though, as Nate Silver points out at FiveThirtyEight , cherry-picking polls isn't necessarily indicative of an overall trend: Per the FiveThirtyEight model that analyzed a whole slew of surveys, Clinton appears to still be in the lead... More »

Stanford Rape Case's 'Emily Doe:' I Am a Survivor

She's one of 'Glamour' magazine's Women of the Year, and she's not a 'victim'

(Newser) - She first spoke about her abuser in a powerful court statement five months ago. Now "Emily Doe," who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, is speaking out again as a Glamour "Woman of the Year." She'd like to be known as a... More »

CNN Anchor's Hardest Election 2016 Moment

Brianna Keilar's mom died suddenly while Keilar was on campaign trail

(Newser) - It's been a tough, emotional election cycle for many Americans, but for Brianna Keilar, the turmoil leading up to Nov. 8 has proven especially difficult. The CNN correspondent recalls how her life on the campaign trail was altered forever in May, when she received a call from her dad... More »

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